Get your cricket bats out, one of this year’s most anticipated releases just dropped, courtesy of Kings of the Rollers! Consisting of Serum, Voltage, and Bladerunner, Kings of the Rollers (or KOTR) have been a staple act of large raves since their inception. A steady flow of releases on Hospital has helped to develop their sound, bringing out the best of their talents.
Finally, they have come through with the milestone which is their self-titled debut LP! Hospital have a proven record of ground-breaking releases, and it sounds like this album is the latest piece of DnB history. We’ve already had a taste of this album through three massive singles – You Got Me, Shella, and On the Run. Read on for our top picks of deep cuts from this masterpiece…
The first full track from the LP, Zulu, is a staple of KOTR sets. The distinctive klaxon sound starts off the tune and continues throughout. Sparse drums and fx complete the intro before fading out, drawing us in before being blown away by the drop. Subtle variations in sound design keep this roller fully rolling, an unstoppable track from an equally unstoppable set of producers. Now Zulu is no longer a dub, we can definitely see this being rinsed for the foreseeable future.
Sky Is Falling (feat. Lydia Plain) focusses on a sweeping, melancholic piano line and emotional vocals. The powerful production could easily be the soundtrack to the apocalypse – and we wouldn’t complain at all! Drums roll in with horn samples and the vocal line intensifies and soars. Just as it reaches a climax, it switches to a distinctive KOTR foghorn/reese hybrid matched with jungle influenced drums. Definitely one to listen out for, and trust us – you’ll have plenty of chances to!
Mammoth shows that KOTR know how to go about crafting a straight up, no nonsense banger. No messing about on this one. Rolling drums and dissonant synth string chords make sure your pulse rate is rushing right from the start. A reversed cymbal leads in to the drop, full of distorted, messy foghorn goodness. Somehow fearsome, tribal, yet ridiculously funky, KOTR provided a perfect example of what a roller should sound like. This track has twisted many faces already, and is bound to twist many, many more.
The last track in our spotlight, Round Here (feat. Redders) is almost beyond classification. It completely shows the diversity of influences shared by KOTR; part Jungle, part Liquid, part Roller, 100% floor filler. Jazzy chords in the intro and dubbed out vocals from Redders are worked in to Jungle-infused breaks as the vibe builds towards the drop. Layered vocals (because one Redders is never enough) over KOTR style bouncy 808s complete this track. If anything is representative of the whole album, it’s this – ridiculously dirty, yet soulful.
So, Kings of the Rollers is a name which holds true! This album marks and important point in the development of the ‘rollers’ sound and for DnB as a whole. Without wanting to use the term modern classic too freely, every track on here will be remembered for a long time to come. If the boys keep this up, they might be more than Kings of just Rollers, but maybe all of DnB…
Kings of the Rollers LP is OUT NOW globally – grab your copy from the Hospital store here.
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